Speed Cleaning

Speed Cleaning--how to get a neat & tidy house in less than 45 minutes a day!  It WORKS!Over the years I’ve had lots of people ask how I manage to keep my house so clean all the time.  So–at the risk of having you all think I am completely crazy–I thought today I’d share my little “speed cleaning” routine.    I probably spend, on average, about 45 minutes to an hour each morning making my house sparkle.  This means I spend about 5-7 hours a week cleaning.  That is still a significant amount of time!

However, to me it is well worth spending 5-7 hours a week cleaning in order to have a house that is pretty darn neat & tidy most of the time.  The trick is staying on top of it.

I am a list kind-of girl, so I actually have a daily checklist that I use each day.   It is located on my “control center” wall where I have a dry-erase monthly calendar and where there is also a spot for a weekly meal plan and important phone numbers.  Since it is all in one place, I can easily check the calendar for any pressing activities or appointments.  This helps me prioritize my cleaning activities and to cut things out or add things as necessary.

My “Control Center:”

Speed Cleaning Control Center

I don’t use a wide variety of cleaning supplies, and I’m not that picky about brands.    I used to use a lot of commercial products, including the disposable wipes, but I have slowly transitioned to using mainly these homemade green & thrifty cleaning products.  They are cheaper, they smell better, and require me to keep far fewer bottles of stuff lying around!    The two commercial items I do use frequently are my Swiffer Wet Jet and my Swiffer dusters.   What a great invention!  It makes mopping so much faster & easier.

10x10x10 Green & Thrifty Cleaning Products--this is really cool! Just 10 different household items mixed 10 different ways can make 10 awesome cleaners (enough to clean your whole house!)

Here is my system:

General Guidelines:

  • Start at one end of the house.  (I start in our Master Bedroom and work my way through the living room and kitchen to the girls’ room and bathroom.)
  • Cleaning is much easier when everything has a home.  Work on creating organized storage for all of the things that end up being scattered around the house, like papers, mail, shoes, & toys.
  • Use a large laundry basket to collect items such as toys or clothing that need to be returned to a different room.  If you have multiple offenders, use multiple baskets.  After you have finished tidying every room, take 5 minutes to put away the collected items.
  • Save sweeping/mopping and vacuuming until the end, then do it all at once.  We have mostly hard surface floors, so I use an industrial dry mop to wipe the floors each day.  It takes only a couple minutes to run it over all the floors and then shake it off outside.  About once a week, I do a really thorough sweep and then use a Swiffer WetJet to mop.  I vacuum the rugs about 3 times a week.
  • Likewise, save the glass cleaning for the end as well.  Once the house is completely clean, I will grab my windex and rag and run around doing spot checks on the glass doors and windows.  I wipe the bathroom mirrors as well as the fixtures and sink.
  • Keep daily shower cleaner in the bath/shower and spray down after each use.
  • Store your toilet brush in a container of bleach; replace the bleach once a week.
Bedroom(s) (5-10 minutes each, depending on how much to pick up):
  • Always make the bed.  Even if there are other things laying around, the room will look much, much cleaner.
  • Quickly pick up any clothes, toys, or dishes that are lying around.
  • Use a duster or dry rag to quickly dust all surfaces, including the headboard and footboard.
Bathroom(s) (5 minutes each):
  • Squirt toilet bowl cleaner around the rim; let sit.
  • Use disinfectant wipes or a wet rag and disinfectant spray to quickly wipe down the sinks, tub, and shower.
  • Use toilet brush to quickly scrub toilet, rim, and seat.
  • Use disinfectant wipes or a wet rag and disinfectant spray to wipe down toilet seat & surrounding floor.
Living Room/Dining/Home Office Areas (10-15 minutes):
  • Quickly pick up any shoes, dishes, toys, or other items laying around.  (Put them in basket to put away later.)
  • Use duster to quickly dust all surfaces.
  • Use damp cloth to wipe down furniture (if leather), table(s), and dining chairs.
  • Tidy desk area and make sure all paperwork & mail is filed & sorted in its proper spots.
Kitchen (10-15 minutes, depending on how many dishes):
  • Quickly pick up any items that don’t belong in kitchen and place them in basket(s).  Gather any dirty dishes and put them next to sink.
  • Quickly unload (if necessary) then load diswasher.
  • Hand wash dishes/pots/pans as needed
  • Spray all counters with disinfectant spray, then use soapy water and wet sponge to wipe them all down.
  • Wipe down stovetop.
  • Dry and put away any hand-washed dishes, then drain and rinse sink–the secret to a truly clean-looking kitchen is clutter-free counters and a nice clean sink.
Finishing Up:
  • Use a dry mop to clean hard floors.  Spot clean with a sponge if necessary.
  • Vacuum rugs/carpet.
  • Clean glass surfaces & mirrors as needed with glass cleaner and a lint-free rag.  Don’t forget to spray & wipe the bathroom fixtures for extra shine!
  • Put away items collected in baskets while cleaning.

It may take a little getting used to, but once you are in the habit of speed cleaning each morning, you will be done in no time and free to enjoy a clean house for the rest of the day!

Happy cleaning!




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  • Brittany September 8,

    Great tips, Ruth! I've been pretty slack about cleaning the house lately, but once again, you've inspired me!

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  • Ashley September 9,

    Hi there! I found you on Welcome Wednesday's blog hop! Great blog and can't wait to read more!

    Ashley
    sewmuchmoreinlife.blogspot.com

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  • Kelly Polizzi September 9,

    great tips! thanks for the follow. i am following you back too.

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  • Mommy Katie September 9,

    I am a new follower and I would love a follow back!!
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  • Design It Chic September 9,

    I am following you now thanks to Blog Hop Thursday! It would be nice if you could share the love back on my blog;)
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  • Closer to Lucy September 9,

    These speedy hints would be even easier if someone did them for me.

    Hopping in, following you now. closertolucy.blogspot.com

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  • Anonymous September 10,

    I loved the tips; I just moved into a new big house and the idea of cleaning this place is daunting so say the least so thanks for the tips, also can you tell me you got your "control center" board from; I need something just like that, I currently just have a white board that is looking quite messy right now. Michelle

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  • Ruth September 10,

    Michelle-I got both boards at Target for about $8 each. I also got the little magnetic pen holder there as well. I usually print 12-16 checklists at a time, then re-print when needed.

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  • SLO Day Design September 10,

    Oh Ruth! You make it sound so easy! I wish I had more umph to actually do it cause you have it laid out perfectly! Great job! Love all your ideas and tips!!!

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  • Nolie September 15,

    Bookmarked. It takes me forever to clean as I ATTACK instead of cleaning. However if I attacked once then kept up with this list it could be easy and painless.

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    • jj June 12,

      This is so me!! i find it hard to keep on top too, i have 6 kids aged 4months through to 12 years and it sometimes feels like i’m fighting a losing battle with the cleaning! :D so gonna try the checklist thing :)

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  • Julia March 16,

    I love your “control center” where do you keep it?

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  • Linda March 1,

    So glad to read about someone who cleans using cleaning products that are bought! This morning as I was wiping down the dust bunnies in a bathroom I was thinking, “Why am I doing this? Using those Swifter wet or dry pads would be so much easier.” Oh the cost! Oh the guilt because I am older now and want to not be cleaning all the time and hate feeling the pressure of spending or not and homemade or not and the list could go on. I feel free…on my way to the store now!!

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  • Mi February 22,

    Thank you for sharing your cleaning system. Your organization is inspiring to people like myself who are an organizational-wanna-be. Would you also mind sharing your Daily and Weekly Checklists photographed in your Command Center? Thanks!

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  • Mercy April 29,

    Great idea. I need to try this. Now to teach myself to focus on it and not get sidetracked along the way.

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  • Sunny May 1,

    I love having baskets for each room to help with the clutter!

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  • Christine May 7,

    Thanks soooo much! What great tips!

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  • Lynn L May 13,

    You use a DAILY check list? You vacuum every day? I won’t be doing that! :-)

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  • tina May 16,

    I don’t mind the 45 minute routine, just can’t figure out how to keep clean the inside of the refrigerator, toaster oven, microwave, etc. in that daily process. I work from home as a Graphic Designer, so I don’t have much time in my day between kids and work. Speed cleaning HAS to be my method, but I find the “deep cleaning” an issue. Any helpful tips from those who have to work and keep up with the house as well?

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    • Jennifer June 3,

      The fastest and easiest way to clean the inside of a microwave (no matter how messy it is) is to take a small bowl or mug, put some water and a splash of lemon juice or vinegar in it. Heat the bowl/mug for a couple of minutes and then let it sit for a couple of minutes and let it get nice and steamy in there. Then you simply need to wipe down the inside with a wet sponge or cloth. You probably won’t need to scrub anything because it comes off that easy!

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      • Anonymous August 22,

        Yes! I tried this method for the first time a few weeks ago and I was absolutely amazed at how well it worked. I’m planning to put it to the test on the community microwave at work one of these days, as soon as I remember to bring in some lemon juice.

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        • Anonymous October 8,

          I spray mine down with a mix of Castile soap and water and let it sit while I’m doing my dishes I also throw the glass plate in the dish water to soak while I wipe down the counters. I use that spray for everything and it works wonderful!

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    • Anne January 25,

      Keep the clutter down – I try to find 100 things a day to donate, recycle or throw away, but I have a lot of paper files I’m trying to get rid of (one page = one thing.)
      Try to prevent cleaning as well as cleaning efficiently. For example, if you bring fewer things into your house, there’s less to clean or move around when cleaning. Can you use covers when microwaving, etc?
      Start with great cleaning products, like Bar Keepers Friend, Scrubbing Bubbles (if you can stomach it), and Krud Kleaner. Either deep clean one room a weekend at a time, preferably with helpers, or just focus your time on cutting clutter, then hire somebody to clean your whole house (a room at a time if needed) so you just have to maintain it.
      Use a mini-vacuum to clean up sma. l messes and dust. Keep the bathroom fan clean so it doesn’t blow dust around that turns into mud when it gets wet. Use an automatic shower sprayer and toilet cleaners that you put in once a week and they clean when you flush.
      For food that sticks onto pans when you cook, take out the food, then fill the pan with hot water and maybe a little bit of dishsoap. Put it back on the turned off burner while you eat. The hot water plus the heat from the burner while it’s cooling down get most of it off.
      Wipes also help a lot for maintaining between cleaning. You or someone in your house can take a 5 minute “Walk with Wipes” around the house and just clean up anything they notice. You can do the same thing with a duster or the mini vacuum.
      I also love a Roomba (robot vacuum) that I bought. I thought it was kind of dumb at first because who can’t spend a few minutes vacuuming. But now that I have it, I run it much more frequently and it gets up a ton of dust and allergens that I don’t then have to spend time cleaning off of everything else. It’s also fantastic for hard floors, because very often vacuuming is enough to save a mopping job.

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    • Anonymous February 3,

      If you include most of those items in your quick daily wipe-downs there isn’t much need for deep cleaning because they are always clean. I do throw away old items and wipe the inside of my refrigerator clean before we leave for our weekly grocery shopping. If a drawer or shelf really needs work I take it out and clean it in the sink then lay it out so that it is dry before we come home, but that doesn’t happen often. For other deeper spot clean items I often work on them while preparing dinner. While something is cooking I use those little few minutes at a time to do things like wash the microwave platter in the sink (and wipe under it while it’s drying), wipe spots off the cabinets, wash the trash cans, clean part of the freezer, wipe off the top of the frige, etc. I find that since I’m on top of them, it takes no time at all to do.

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  • Alex May 22,

    Great tips! I love them, thank you!!

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  • Erin May 31,

    LOVE this post! I would be very interested in your checklists as well. Thanks!

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  • Kathleen June 14,

    Thanks for your tips! Don’t forget to get your kids involved so you don’t burn out! You shouldn’t have to do it all…it might not sparkle as much, but they will learn some valuable lessons! Even young ones can squirt and wipe. :)

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  • Laurine June 15,

    First, I’d like to thank you for sharing all those useful tips and your life experience. You truly are an inspiration ! I am a parisian girl, soon to move in a beautiful house we just bought with my fiancé. I couldn’t be more excited and I now spend hours on pinterest, reading about organizing and decorating.
    I found your post about speed cleaning amazing but I do have a question. I work full time and have a 2h commute every day. Between cleaning, cooking and grocery shopping, I don’t have that much time. Any advice on how to stay on top of things with a busy schedule ?
    Thanks again for this wonderful blog ! I hope I haven’t made too many mistakes in this comment. I try and improve but English isn’t my first language.

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    • Megan August 22,

      Laurine,
      Your English actually seems very good. I would not have noticed that it isn’t your first language if you hadn’t said so. Congratulations on the new house!

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    • Anonymous December 28,

      He can and should help too. Been married 57 years and first thing we do everyday on getting up is make bed. Pick up after your self immediately ( this applies to both) and get dishes out of the way immediately after a meal.

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  • Liz June 15,

    Any suggestions for a large house? Like 4500 sq ft with 4 bathrooms? Even just wiping down bathrooms/sweeping floors/countertops takes hours! We moved here last year from a 1600 sq ft house and I still haven’t found a good system (also we own a business, have 3 small children + 1 on the way, and we homeschool:). Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

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    • Adel July 6,

      I have the same problem – house is about the same size with 8 people living in it. We both work from home, care for elderly family members at home, and have 4 kids under 3…I honestly can’t keep up with the cleaning, it’s just meals, basic tidying, and laundry for me. The only way I know to survive with a big busy house and not spend every waking minute cleaning is to get a house keeper (or better yet, a nanny that cleans! *dreaming*)!

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      • Elizabeth October 30,

        Also with a large home here, 3700 sf, I am just choosing not to have things perfectly clean all the time. I COULD do this system every day but I don’t want to spend 1 hour every day cleaning; there are other ways I would like to spend my time. I do obsessively vacuum my hardwood floors downstairs where I spend most of my time with my DC59 because of the constant dog hair and crumbs from my toddler, and a few other things, but it’s a personal choice how clean to have a house. For me, it’s just not critical to have it this clean every single day.

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  • Adrie June 15,

    Can you tell me more about using a dry mop? I’ve never heard of anyone doing this before – especially before sweeping/vacuuming. Thanks for the great post – found you thru Pinterest :)
    Best,
    Adrie

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  • Anonymous June 21,

    Do you work? As in not someone who stays home?

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  • Kimberlee herman June 22,

    I love, love, love your web site! You are inspiring to live well, frugally :) thank you!

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  • Melonee July 5,

    Hey Ruth! My dauhter- in-law pinned this article and I was going to repin it since I can always use tip for speedy cleaning. Imagine my surprise when I opened the link and saw your smiling face… Good for you! Hope all is well! Hugs to all!

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  • Erika July 7,

    It’s the best of Fly Lady! I guess you are FLYing.

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    • anne September 18,

      Yes, this system is quite similar to Flylady. However, she doesn’t recommend cleaning for 45 minutes a day.

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  • Tina July 16,

    I think she meant the underneath part of the toilet seat. I just don’t see anyone using a dirty toilet brush directly on the top of seat. : )

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  • Laurel July 18,

    I tend to do my cleaning at night, but lots of great tips here!

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  • Ada July 29,

    So what is your evening routine after kids go to bed? We tend to pick up and do dishes at night…which makes this “speed” cleaning seem even more manageable! Thanks for sharing so much with us!!

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  • Sue August 5,

    This is a great list! I am going to try it in the evenings because how wonderful if we could wake up to a clean house (I wouldn’t know where I was – LOL.) And whether we are SAHM, WOHM, single, etc. we are ALL BUSY. I work full time, have a family and go to school two evenings a week and feel more refreshed than when I was a stay-at-home mom (I love my child but those were the hardest days of my life). We can either moan about having a huge house (really?), whine about all of our responsibilities (or blessings, whatever word is preferred) or JUST DO IT. I am so glad I found your blog, Ruth :)
    Sue

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  • Eva August 25,

    I can spend 3 hours in cleaning every day and it is far enough from being clean. When I get through all the laundry and cleaning the kitchen after cooking and serving to 3 kids. There is hardly time for dusting. Detailed vacuuming of my entire house would take 3 hours if I didn’t have to pick up stuff of the floors. That included, would be 3 days. That would not work for someone who is at home with 3 kids that keep messing up 3 times as much as you clean and put away. Thanks for suggestions.

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  • Julia August 28,

    Thanks for the tips! Can you tell me what do you mean by a “dry mop?”

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  • Carla August 31,

    Your comment of staying on top or ahead of the tasks is bang on. Waiting until the place is a disaster zone creates stress, procrastination and in the case of teens living with you, flared tempers. A small bit of maintenance every day keeps the place looking decent. I always have people say, “how is your place so clean?” the answer is, it’s always clean. your home is supposed to be a haven , a place where you feel peace. Walking into chaos will not provide that sanctuary.

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    • Elizabeth October 30,

      Just because a house isn’t thoroughly cleaned every day doesn’t mean it’s a filthy place of chaos. My house looks neat in many ways, and clean in some ways, but I frankly pick and choose what I want to clean, and some things aren’t cleaned that often, and my house is still a haven for my family. “Good enough” is better than perfect for us. :)

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  • Lacey September 26,

    I really like what you’re doing here, it’s extremely motivating and inspiring….however I feel like your timeline is really, truly unrealistic. 15 minutes to do your kitchen, five minutes to clean your bathroom! I don’t get it, I’ve never cleaned my kitchen in 15 minutes when there are dishes still there unless your kitchen is already clean :/ Inspiring becomes discouraging when people try to copy you and realize there’s no way!

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  • altawhiteblog.com October 12,

    Thanks for finally writing about >Speed Cleaning |
    How To Keep Your House Clean in 45 Minutes a Day <Liked it!

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  • QueenKitty October 23,

    Brill advice

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  • Anonymous October 31,

    I clean mirrors, windows, toilet seat with rubbing alcohol. Got this tip from a friend who worked I’m a medical office. Leaves glass and mirrors streak free.

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  • Relevant Rankings November 2,

    This is a topic that is close to my heart… Best wishes!
    Exactly whjere are your contact details though?

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  • Heather November 19,

    Have you told us more about your control center? If not, I’d be interested in hearing about your set-up and how it works for you!

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  • Anonymous November 19,

    This really grossed me out in the Bathroom section: “Use toilet brush to quickly scrub toilet, rim, and seat.” As a professional house cleaner I can only say you are introducing your family to some really gross germs if you use the same brush, cloth or whatever on the seat as you use inside your toilet. I use toilet paper sprayed with a disinfectant like Lysol or even pure rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and do the final wipe down with that and flush it down the toilet. No messy rags and it leaves it much cleaner. Otherwise I enjoyed your routine and I always say the same as you “stay on top of it” it’s amazing how easier it is. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Ruth Soukup November 21,

      I always keep my brush in a solution of bleach that I change out regularly, then I wipe down the toilet afterwards with a separate rag. It keeps the germs away and my bathroom clean!

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      • Lisa January 22,

        This scares me– I thought you can’t mix bleach and toilet bowl cleaner!!

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  • Emily November 22,

    Great tips!! I do something similar that helps me keep up on the “deep cleaning” projects at home without spending hours and hours on the weekends or at night. We have a big older home, wood floors in every room and vintage tile that needs more attention than a quick swifter can do. I have daily cleaning tasks that differ each day of the week ((ex. Mon – sweep/mop all floors, shake/vacuum rugs, start laundry. Tues – Deep clean bathrooms/finish laundry. Wed – fold/put away laundry. Thurs – Dust/clean windows. Friday – Deep clean bathrooms again and laundry if any)) I do these chores along with daily straightening/organizing throughout the day when I can and cleaning the kitchen after each meal, etc. I came up with this after becoming a new mommy this year and it has saved me! I was so overwhelmed trying to juggle everything and anytime I would sit down to relax, I felt guilty thinking of everything I had to do or “could be” cleaning! Now I only have to think about what I have to do each day and stay on top of it. When the cleaning task is done for the day, I don’t feel guilty about relaxing for a few minutes!!

    We all need to give ourselves a break sometimes too! I’ve learned that the house will never be perfectly cleaned all the time, dinner won’t always be perfect, laundry will never be completely caught up, its a never ending cycle and we are all in it together! :)

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  • AmieJo December 3,

    This may actually help me. I am now a stay at home mom of a 3 year old and 6 month old and am having a hard time keeping up on the cleaning. I feel like I am always feeding someone, cooking or picking up after 4 people constantly and then there is no time left for the real cleaning.

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  • linda Baker December 12,

    Does it cost anything to follow you and your advice?

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  • linda baker December 12,

    Is there a cost to subscribe to your “advice” column?

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  • Linda December 14,

    Thanks for the tips. Keeping my house clean is a constant struggle because I get so overwhelmed. I never thought to carry a basket and fill it with items that belong in other rooms. Love it!

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    • Peaches December 22,

      I clean a room at a time, a lot like you see maids to at hotels. A basket to catch toys, laundry, dishes or other items that do not belong in the room…I sit it in the doorway. A plastic bag hangs on the doorknob to catch trash. A utility basket to hold my cleaning supplies, cuts down on running back and forth. And an apron with three pockets…one for loose change (it does pay to clean, lol), second for papers that are not trash, and third pocket for small items that would fall out of your catchall basket.
      If I cannot clean a room in 5 or 15 minutes, it means I have a lot of items and need to prioritize my time or reduce clutter. With a collection of over 300 bunnies, they do NOT get dusted every day. I do however, dust one fourth of the room every day, and just keep rotating. You can tackle daily chores and make one day a dusting day if that is your choice. Think about it, make a plan and try it. See what works for you!!!

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  • outback January 6,

    Wow, that’s what I was looking for, what a stuff! existing
    here at this blog, thanks admin of this website.

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  • Bren January 19,

    I would have to get up 2 hours before I get ready to get
    ready for work. Which means 3 hours early.
    That’s too much!! Good ideas though.

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  • Anonymous January 19,

    So you shouldve seen me yesterday making my own control center excited and proud…not an hour goes by before my 3 year old and 18 month old push a kitchen chair to the wall its on and see they have ripped all my papers down and have colored all over my wall. This of course was happening while explaining to my 5 and 6 year old what it was and why i made it.

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  • Terrie Cash January 24,

    I love the thought of speed cleaning. I have 4 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths so it will take me more than an hour. I also speed clean but just a little different. I clean certain bathrooms on certain days and the same with dusting bedrooms. I like how you begin with the master bedroom which is the most important room of the home.

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  • Beth February 1,

    Hi Ruth! I love this and am going to start this plan on Monday. Do you have a printable for this? Thanks. Love it!

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  • GoddessMel February 2,

    5-7 hours a week seems like an inordinate amount of time to spend cleaning! Admittedly it’s only hubby and I in the house, but I would never need to spend that much time cleaning. Of course, my idea of clean and yours may be different :) If things are tidy, dishes are done each night, items are in their place, nothing’s crawling around or growing mould, I’m happy. My daily to-dos are: if you’re finished with it, put it away; make the bed each morning; give one section of the shower a scrub with the in-shower cleaner while I clean myself :) ; clear and wipe down the table after dinner; wash the dishes and sweep the kitchen floor before bed; put rubbish and recycling out as soon as the bin is full; dirty clothes into the washer or hamper as they come off (colours straight into the washer; whites get separated for later); run the washer when full (overnight using a timer to save time and money); put away dry dishes and hang out clean washing before work; bring in clean washing after work (I fold straight from the line to save time) and put away (no one gets a pile to deal with later). Once a week – or less often if it’s not needed or I’m busy – dust and vacuum each room, clean the toilet and bathroom, and wash hard floors. Windows and exteriors get done a couple of times a year. This keeps everything running smoothly and I don’t spend half my life doing housework.

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    • Elizabeth October 30,

      I totally agree with you. I have NO desire to spend this much time cleaning and that’s ok for me and my family. To each their own, I just wish there was a bit more understanding that for some people, 5-7 hours in just cleaning is not realistic for many reasons.

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  • Mini Clean February 26,

    Cleaning an entire house in less than an hour is possible when you read this blog. I normally list down the areas that needs a touch up and group it into 2 and clean it every other day but if I have more time I do everything.

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  • bluedazys March 4,

    Looking at the kitchen 10 to 15 mins….I just can’t see how you can even get two of those things done in that little time, unload/load the DW and handwash dishes. Seriously, it takes me 10-12 mins to unload and reload alone IF I’m not interrupted by the others in the household! Don’t know how or when I’d get to do the rest of the list for the kitchen during this speed clean session. BUT, I’d like to try!

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  • Comprar Calzoncillos Calvin Klein March 5,

    I am really impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your weblog.
    Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself?

    Anyway keep up the excellent quality writing,
    it’s rare to see a nice blog like this one today.

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  • Christine March 11,

    What do you use to spray down the shower daily?

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    • Ruth Soukup March 12,

      Hi Christine,
      I’m attaching a link for the Green and Thrifty Cleaning Products Cheat Sheet: http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/wp-content/documents/Green%20and%20thriftyFINAL.pdf
      This printable is a great resource. I hope it helps!

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      • Christine March 12,

        Thanks! do you use the bathroom cleaner as a daily shower spray like you would use Tilex or Clean Shower? I am also leery of using Borax for anything after reading about it on the Environmental Working Group web site.

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        • Ruth Soukup March 13,

          Yes,use the bathroom cleaner daily. There are definitely varying viewpoints on the use of Borax! I personally have read several articles about the controversy, and I feel perfectly safe using it in my home as a cleaning product, particularly when it is compared with other chemical laden products. Borax is a naturally occurring substance that doesn’t get absorbed by the body and does not harm the environment. Furthermore, the EU study you are referring to was regarding Boran being sprayed on crops. I am definitely not suggesting we use Borax in our food! :-) Crunchy Betty has written a fantastic article on the subject: http://www.crunchybetty.com/getting-to-the-bottom-of-borax-is-it-safe-or-not.

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